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U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge appoints new district director

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: December 31, 2015

Kevin McDaniel has been appointed the new 11th Congressional District director, overseeing U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge's offices in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties starting Monday.

McDaniel previously was program director at the United Way of Greater Cleveland, program officer at the Cleveland Foundation and director of admissions at Cuyahoga Community College.

"He has the experience and leadership skills necessary to direct and work with my local staff as they continue to serve the people of Ohio's 11th District," Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, said in a press release this week.

John Hairston, Fudge's current director, is retiring after more than four years of service. 

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Dan Horrigan to be sworn in as Akron's new mayor Jan. 1

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: December 17, 2015

Akron mayor-elect Dan Horrigan will be sworn in at 10 a.m. Jan. 1 at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St. in downtown.

The ceremony is expected to last about 40 minutes and will be followed by a brief reception.

The event is open to the public, but seating is limited.

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Akron to offer holiday reprieve from water disconnections

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: December 15, 2015

Akron will again offer a reprieve from water-service disconnections during the holidays.

Mayor Jeff Fusco directed the Water Supply Bureau to stop disconnections from Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 1 for all customers eligible for disconnections because of non-payment.

About 600 customers per month have their service disconnected because of non-payment. The city will resume disconnections on Monday, Jan. 4.

In addition to customers in Akron, the city provides water and sewer service to about 85,000 residents and businesses in Summit County, including Fairlawn and Mogadore; parts of Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson and Springfield; and Bath, Copley and Coventry townships.

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Akron City Council to bid farewell to 4 members, welcome new members Monday; schedule changed

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: December 11, 2015

Akron will say goodbye to four city council members and welcome four new members Monday.

Council's schedule will be a little different for its last meeting of the year before its holiday break. The final regular meeting, with the departing members, will be at 5:30 p.m. New members will be sworn in at 7 p.m., though they won't officially take office until Jan. 1.

Committee meetings be held when they normally are on Monday afternoon, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The departing members are: Jack Hefner, Jim Hurley, DeAndre Forney and Mike Williams. The new members are: Jeff Fusco, Bruce Kilby, Zack Milkovich, and Veronica Sims.

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New Akron mayor's task force seeking public input

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: December 4, 2015

What suggestions do you have for Akron’s newly elected mayor?

Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan’s Blue Ribbon Task Force is seeking public input, feedback and ideas for the future.

The task force announced two methods Friday for residents to submit their suggestions. They can either share their ideas by email to or by mail to P.O. Box 2141, Akron, Ohio 44309.

Task Force Chairman Tim Ochsenhirt urged residents to help "look under the hood" of Akron and assist the task force with recommendations on improving the city’s financial health, economy, leadership diversity and quality of life. He said both big and small ideas are welcome.

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Summit County Councilwoman Sandra Kurt files petitions to run for Summit County clerk

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: December 4, 2015

Summit County Councilwoman Sandra Kurt has filed petitions to run for Summit County Clerk of Courts, a seat that will be open next year because of current clerk Dan Horrigan being elected Akron mayor.

Kurt also is serving as the temporary chairwoman of the Summit County Democratic Party, a position that will revert back to Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco in January when Horrigan becomes mayor and Fusco returns to a spot on Akron City Council.

The Summit County Democratic Party will appoint someone early next year to fulfill the remaining year of Horrigan's current clerk term. Whoever is appointed, though, will have to run for election for a full, four-year term next year.

The filing deadline for the March primary is Dec. 16.

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Ohio Legislative Black Caucus to hold town hall in Akron Thursday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: December 2, 2015

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus will have a town hall in Akron Thursday, as part of the group's statewide Legislative Action Tour.

The caucus previously made stops in Cincinnati and Cleveland.

State Rep. Emilia Sykes, D-Akron, a member of the caucus, said the tour is a followup to the group's Day of Action held in February. She said an update will be provided on the initiatives that came out of the Day of Action and information will be shared on pending legislation. Caucus members from across Ohio will attend.

The town hall will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alpha Center, 662 Wolf Ledges Parkway.

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